a Shield ; representing two Rafters of a House join'd together, without any Division. See ORDINARY, &c.
It descends from the Chief towards the Extremities of the Coat, in form of a Pair of Compasses half open: Thus, he bears Gules, a Chevron Argent.
The Cheveron is the Symbol of Protection, say some, or of Constancy, according to others : Some say it represents the Knight's Spurs ; others the Head-Attire of Priestesses ; others a piece of the List, or the Barrier or Fence of a Park.
When it is alone, it should take up the third Part of the Coat : When 'tis accompany'd with any other Bearings, its Breadth must be adjusted thereby.
It is bore divers ways ; sometimes in Chies sometimes in Sase, sometimes enarch'd, sometimes reversal, &c.
The Cheveron is sometimes charg'd with another Cheveron, I of its Height.
Two Cheverons are allow'd in the same Field, abut not more ; when they exceed that Number, they are call'd Cbeveronswise, or Cheveronels. There are Cheverons of several Pieces.
A Cheveron is said to be abaiss'd, when its Point does not approach the Head of the Chief, nor reach farther than the Middle of the Coat; mutilated,when it does not touch the Extremes of the Coat ; or cloven, when the upper Point is taken off, so that the Pieces only touch at one of the Angles; broke, when one Branch is separated into two Pieces ; couched, when the Point is turn'd towards one side of the Escutcheon ; divided, when the Branches are of several Metals, or when Metal is oppos'd to Colour ; inverted, when the Point is towards the Point of the Coat, and its Branches towards the Chief.
A Coat is said to be Cheveroned, when it is sill'd with an equal Number of Cheverons, of Colour and Metal.
Countercheveron'd, is when it is so divided, as that Colour is oppos'd to Metal, and vice versa.
Per CHEVERON, or Party per CHEVERON, is when the Field is divided by only two single Lines, rising from the two Base Points, and meeting in a Point above, as the Cheveron does.